Enduring Eye

Enduring Eye: the Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

Saturday 3 March - Sunday 3 June 2018

The Enduring Eye presents Frank Hurley’s photographs of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) undertaken by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew.

100 years after the epic expedition, Hurley’s photographs remain one of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival. Scanned at the highest resolution from the Royal Geographical Society’s incomparable collection of the original glass plate and celluloid negatives, Hurley’s intrepid documentation of the expedition can be seen in stunning detail through a presentation of large format images in various mediums.

Accompanied by select artefacts from the expedition and a narrative comprised of the logs and diaries of Shackleton and his crew, Endurance brings the incredible story of human survival and the drive to explore unreached territories to life.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Warrior with a Camera: Frank Hurley - Photographer & Film-maker

Wednesday 2 May 2018, 7pm-8pm

Join Alasdair MacLeod, the Society’s Head of Collections for this free talk as he describes the role of Frank Hurley, the photographer and film-maker commissioned by Ernest Shackleton to document his attempt to be the first to cross the continent of Antarctica.

In his illustrated talk, Alasdair considers the early influences on Hurley’s later photographic career, charting his work in Australia and his first foray south to the Antarctic with the Professor Douglas Mawson, before examining the extraordinary legacy of his images taken during the ‘Endurance’ expedition and which lie at the heart of the Society’s exhibition ‘Enduring Eye’ currently on show at the Hull Maritime Museum.

Tickets are free but booking is essential.

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Screening of ‘South’ with a musical performance by pianist John

Saturday 12 May 2018, 4pm-5.30pm

A special free screening of the British Film Institute’s restored version of South, Frank Hurley’s silent film record of the Endurance expedition, with a piano performance by John Sweeney, a specialist in accompanying silent films. The film is both a unique historical document, and a tribute to the indomitable courage of a small party of men who set out on a voyage of discovery that turned into an epic struggle for survival. This restored version of the film has been constructed by the National Archive from a wide range of materials. The National Archive has applied its own tinting and toning to match the original prints, and has produced this handsome testament to a remarkable episode in the history of exploration.

John Sweeney has played for silent films since 1990 at diverse venues including Riverside Studios Cinema, National Film Theatre, Nottingham Broadway and the Barbican Centre, London. His performances bring to life the images on screen as they would have first been seen by audiences.

Film running time: 80 minutes

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